Silver Verse is a reflection on the force of attention, love, and desire.
I brought Justin to the studio in early March to take his portrait. We had known each other for less than five weeks and were falling in love, but I was cautious and held myself back. That changed as I spent the day observing him through my camera's viewfinder, following his every gesture and drinking in his body's transformations as the shifting light of Spring washed over him. Resistance was no longer possible. Three weeks later, we decided to move in together.
Since then, I have printed the same two images of Justin close to two hundred times - constantly recreating and reliving the moment of the fall, but this time isolated under the red light of the darkroom. My obsession reached its crescendo as I spent weeks labouring over a single life-sized print consisting of nine pieces of paper - all exposed simultaneously but developed one after the other, as I gave my full attention to one part of his body at a time: The shape of his shoulders, the hairs on his chest, the veins on his hands.